NFL Conference Standings & TV Map for Tri State Area Week 9

*UPDATE* There have been modifications to the Fox maps in this area.  Per my speculation Fox Youngstown will show San Francisco @ Washington at 1pm.  However Pittsburgh will be showing Tampa Bay @ New Orleans with Dick Stockton and John Lynch at 1pm.  At 4:15 Youngstown has been switched to do Green Bay @ San Diego with Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick.

On CBS at 1pm Pittsburgh will show the NY Jets @ Buffalo with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms while Youngstown and Wheeling will show Cleveland @ Houston with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts.  Fox has the doubleheader and at 1pm Wheeling is showing San Francisco @ Washington with Kenny Albert, Moose, and Goose.  Pittsburgh and Youngstown are actually currently listed as “to be announced” but looking at the list of options I would be rather surprised if they don’t both also show the 49ers v Redskins game.  At 4:15 all local affiliates are scheduled to show the NY Giants @ New England with Joe Buck (back from baseball) and Troy Aikman.  And the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon Sunday.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is Baltimore @ Pittsburgh with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth and the Monday Night game on ESPN is Chicago @ Philadelphia with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden.  As always this info from the506.com and subject to change.

And now for the conference standings, starting in the AFC:

1. Pittsburgh

2. Buffalo

3. Houston

4. San Diego

5. Cincinnati

6. New England

7. Baltimore

8. Kansas City

9/10. Tennessee/Oakland

11. New York

12. Cleveland

13. Denver

14. Jacksonville

15. Miami

16. Indianapolis

And the NFC

1. Green Bay

2. San Francisco

3. New York

4. New Orleans

5. Detroit

6. Chicago

7. Tampa Bay

8. Atlanta

9. Philadelphia

10. Dallas

11. Washington

12. Seattle

13. Minnesota

14. Carolina

15. St. Louis

16. Arizona

A couple facts that may interest only me:

The AFC North went 4-0 against the AFC East in their power matchings, with the Steelers beating the Patriots, the Ravens beating the Jets, the Bengals beating the Bills, and the Browns beating the Dolphins

Perhaps more surprisingly, the hapless NFC West went 3-1 in its power matchings against the NFC South.  The Rams shocked the Saints, the 49ers beat the Buccaneers, and the Cardinals beat the Panthers.  Its the only win to date for the Rams and Cardinals each.  The only negative is the Seahawks losing to the Falcons.

There have been 22 cross-conference games played thus far, with the AFC and the NFC winning 11 each.

Despite their being no net positive or negative from non-conference action, the AFC has 11 teams above .500 while the NFC has only 8.  This is because the AFC only has one team at 3 wins, 2 with only 2 wins, and 2 teams still winless, while the NFC has 3 teams nearly .500 with 3 wins, another 3 teams with 2 wins, and no winless teams.  Also the best 2 records in the NFL both belong to NFC teams, as Green Bay is the only undefeated and San Francisco the only team with just 1 loss.

The St. Louis Rams are the only team in the NFL that has not played a division game yet.  Six of their last 9 games are division games, starting with this Sunday against Arizona.  They have also only played 1 non-conference game; their 3 remaining non-division games are also non-conference games.

San Diego and Kansas City have already played both of their games against each other within their first 7 games.  Pittsburgh/Baltimore, Oakland/Denver, and New Orleans/Tampa Bay will play their second meetings this coming weekend.

After 4 straight weeks of 6 teams taking byes each week, only 25% of the NFL still needs to take their bye.  4 teams will do so this weekend which will leave 4 teams still needing to do so.  Interestingly, no teams will take their bye in Week 10 as those last 4 will have to wait until Week 11, the weekend before Thanksgiving, to do so.

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